Obama Campaign Answers The Nation
Thank you for your “Change We Can Believe In: Open Letter to Barack Obama,” which appeared in the August 18/25 issue of The Nation. We appreciate hearing from so many supporters of Senator Obama, and we appreciate the opportunity to respond.
The Nation is right to say that it will take an unprecedented grassroots movement to change Washington. Each of you should take pride in the work you’ve done to build our campaign. Your advocacy of core Democratic and progressive values and your willingness to work for them in this election are absolutely essential to winning on November 4 and creating the change we need.
The Nation listed many of the priorities and ideals that bind us together, and Senator Obama takes great heart in the unprecedented level of unity we’ve achieved around the main tenets of our agenda for change. What unites us is so much greater than what divides us, and this will be a source of great strength as we work to win this election and tackle the great challenges facing our nation.
Near the close of your letter, you made a promise that embodies the highest ideal of citizenship–participation in our democracy. You wrote, “If you [Obama] win in November, we will work to support your stands when we agree with you and to challenge them when we don’t.” You know that participation in our democracy begins with voting, but it does not end there. You know that it includes being an educated and engaged voter, learning about the issues and the candidates, and fighting for what you believe in.
We will not always agree, but Senator Obama will always tell you where he stands and why. We appreciate the feedback you’ve given, and Senator Obama respects your positions and the conviction behind them. Your support on the many issues we agree on is crucial, and we are confident we will chart a new and better course for America together.
THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN
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Thank you for “Bailout Nation,” your interesting, diverse coverage of the bailout plan [Oct. 13]. I have contacted my Congressman asking where to get the forms to request my own bailout. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard back.